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System News For Sun Users Blog Recap
Recent Blog Entries of Interest to Sun Users
System News posts items of interest for Sun users on a regular basis on the System News For Sun Users blog. A quick recap of posts for the last week includes: Package Manager in the OpenSolaris IPS; Oracle DSS Operations Optimized with CMT-Based Servers; Sun Integrating Flash Disks in Storage Systems, Servers; Migrating Solaris 8, 9 Systems to Solaris 10; and HoneyComb 1.1.1 Source Code Posted.
Partners
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    Sun and Greenplum
    Data Warehouse Appliance for Government Organizations
    Greenplum is pioneering the use of open source databases for enterprise-class Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing (BI/DW). Their family of database products scales from departmental data marts to multi-terabyte data warehouses. Greenplum is defining a new standard in the BI/DW industry by providing high-performance, low cost data warehousing solutions that utilize open source software, and are poised to revolutionize the way enterprises use BI/DW to gain key competitive advantages in the marketplace.
    Telecom Shrinks Turnaround Time by Over 80% With Sun-Greenplum Solution
    Sun Data Warehouse Appliance and Greenplum Database Benefits Reliance Communications
    Telecom Reliance Communications is choosing to run Greenplum Database on the Sun Data Warehouse Appliance to power a range of applications, from legal and regulatory compliance to call detail record analysis. After deploying the Sun-Greenplum solution, the time required to turn around an ad hoc request for detailed call records from the historical call detail record (CDR) database shrank from five to less than one hour, and the system reduced the average time to load a day's worth of data from two hours to under twenty minutes.
    SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence Accelerator on Sun
    10 to 100 Times Average Speed Increase for Query Performance
    Sun, SAP and Intel have collaborated to bring customers an appliance-like solution that can help analyze their organizations' increasing amount of data to search for low-cost yet profitable opportunities by accelerating queries to cube data - the SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (BI) on Sun.
    Themis Builds T2BC Blade Server Based on UltraSPARC T2 Processor
    Helping Supplement Sun's Growth in the Blade Server Market

    Blade servers based on Sun's UltraSPARC T2 processor will no longer be exclusive to Sun. Themis Computer is manufacturing and selling a blade called the T2BC, which is based on the T2 chip and runs the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS). Themis is helping supplement Sun's growth in the blade server business by addressing alternative form-factors.

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    Sun's Investment Strategy Focuses on Emerging Market of Latin America
    Plans for Sun Equity Partner Launch During Fiscal Year 2009

    With emerging markets showing so much promise, Sun has announced it will launch a Sun Equity Partner model in Latin America during its fiscal year 2009, which begins in July. Sun's executive VP and chairman of the Americas region, Crawford Beveridge told BNamericas' Cristina Molina that the company is in the process of determining which country it will launch the business model, and is very likely to start a pilot project in the coming fiscal year.

      Reach, Risk and Return -- And System Security
      Some Examples of How Businesses Have Applied the 3Rs
      Mark Hering, Sun VP of software infrastructure, has some comments on the 3Rs -- Reach, Risk and Return -- which, in this era of system security, is no small business issue. He cites the practices of several major companies in addressing both the need to extend accessibility and protect data integrity.
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      Can Sun Make Money with OpenSolaris?
      You Can Bet on It, Says Ian Murdock
      Ian Murdock, Sun's VP of developer and community marketing -- and, before that, founder of the Debian Linux distribution -- shared his views on the monetizing of open source software with Paul Krill in an interview for InfoWorld. There is unquestionably money to be made with open source Murdock assured Krill. It will just come from another sector of the market.
      OpenSolaris in Review May 2008
      ByTim Foster, Sun Microsystems, Solaris Engneering Ops
      Tim recently summarized what the OpenSolaris community has been talking about, including:

      • OpenSolaris 2008.05 released
      • 10 minute install from a LiveCD boot
      • OSDevCon2008 Program & Visitor Registration open (June 25-27)
      • Clearview early access bits available
      • Hal Power Management Support
      • No Root Login PSARC discussion
      • man(1m) does the right thing without MANPATH
      • Putback of Hypervisor event provider for DTrace
      • EasyTools for OpenSolaris - simple web-based admin tools
      • Moving on from 2008.05 - nv_90
      • A map of OpenSolaris User Groups around the world
      • More OpenSolaris approachability: lofi mounts via mount(1m)
      • OpenSolaris Automated Installer Prototype posted
      • Bluetooth project alive again
      • The sort of thing Crossbow can do
      • Solaris Cluster Core source code available

      OpenSolaris.org

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      Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software as a Service
      Sun BluePrint Examines the Technology as a Managed Desktop Factory
      The Sun BluePrints Online paper by Michael Rosenthal and Stefan Schmitz-Homberg examines the new Sun architecture for providing software as a service. Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software delivers applications and full desktop environments to clients using a server-based computing model. The brains of the solution reside in the datacenter; Web browsers running on Sun Ray ultra-thin clients, on PCs or on mobile devices give users access to those services and applications running in the datacenter.
      Solaris vs. Linux in Web Infrastructure
      Which of the Two is Better in Overall Features, Support, Expense?

      So you still think Linux is less expensive for Web infrastructure than the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS)? Well, Sun's Robin Goldfarb Wilensky has a few basic points she'd like you to consider.

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      Sun Fire X4150 vs. Dell 2950
      Edge Goes to Sun on Database, Web Serving, Virtualization
      A Sun Fire X4150 Server, equipped with two Intel E5440 quad-core CPUs running at 2.83GHz per core and featuring 6MB of L2 cache per pair of cores calls Paul Venezia's office at InfoWorld Test Center home. In addition, Venezia's X4150's features include four 10K, 72GB drives, 16GB of RAM, four gigabit Ethernet interfaces and three PCIe slots -- all in a 1U footprint. Venezia put the server to the test and reports the results.
      Sun Fire X4440 - Best Opteron Multi-JVM Performance on SPECjbb2005
      Beats HP DL585 G5 and IBM p570
      The recently announced Sun Fire X4440 Server powered by Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors is already making a name for itself. This four-socket, 2U chassis server earned the best score for all Opteron-based servers on the SPECjbb2005 benchmark.
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      Top Ten Articles for last Issue
      Volume 123 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4
      The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 123 Issue 4, were:

      • 1Q08 Server Market Findings Released From IDC and Gartner [20034]
      • Over Five Million Downloads of Sun xVM VirtualBox Recorded [20048]
      • UPerf - Open Source Performance Measurement Tool [19937]
      • Importing VMDK Image Files into VirtualBox [20014]
      • Logical Domains 1.0.3 Download [20010]
      • White Paper: What is Open Storage? [20009]
      • Choosing the Right Virtualization Technology [20018]
      • Solaris 10 Filesystems [19848]
      • Configuring and Installing Zones in OpenSolaris 2008.05 [19981]
      • Sun Takes Right Approach to Virtualization Say Analysts [19967]
        BigAdmin
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        Recent Content on BigAdmin
        Added in the last two weeks
        Articles have been posted to BigAdmin in the last couple of weeks include:

        • New Jobs Section on BigAdmin
        • OpenSolaris on HCL
        • Case Study: Using DTrace and truss in the Solaris 10 OS
        • Resetting the Admin Password in Sun Java System Directory Server
        • Sun xVM Hypervisor Overview
        • Sun System Firmware Release Hub
        • Assigning Meaningful Names to Network Interfaces
        • A Uniform Interface for Driver Administration Through the dladm Command
        • Installing and Configuring Sun Cluster 3.1 Software for Oracle 10g Database HA
        • Scripts for Automating Network Systems Checks
        • Setting up DHCP Client for the Solaris OS and Microsoft Windows
        • Recover System in the Solaris OS When Meta Database Is Deleted Accidentally
        • Zone Resource Control in the Solaris 10 08/07 OS
        • Assigning System Resources to Solaris 10 Zones Without Reboot
        • Using ZFS Snapshots in OpenSolaris to Protect Yourself During Upgrades
        • Beginner's Guide to Tape Drive Performance Tuning on the Solaris 10 OS
        • OpenSolaris and Linux on One USB Stick for Dual Usage

        BigAdmin

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        ZDNet Pits xVM VirtualBox 1.6 Against VMWare Server 2.0 Beta 2
        Finds Virtues and Flaws in Both
        Wondering how Sun's xVM VirtualBox 1.6 would stack up against the VMWare Server 2.0 Beta 2, Jason Perlow of ZDNet's Between the Lines decided to stage a face off. Read on to learn which was the last VM standing.
        Sun xVM Hypervisor, LDoms, CoolThreads, Sun VDI and More
        Latest Sun BluePrints Publications

        Some recent Sun BluePrints that may be of interest: Understanding the Sun xVM Hypervisor Architecture; Using Logical Domains and CoolThreads Technology: Improving Scalability and System Utilization; The Managed Desktop Factory: Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software as a Service; Using Solaris Cluster and Sun Cluster Geographic Edition; and Sun's Reference Architecture for Video Surveillance with ipConfigure ESM.

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        Squawk VM Opens the Door to Micro-Embedded Devices for Java
        Porting Java on Micro Devices Gets Easier for Developers
        The next frontier for developers may well be the world of micro-embedded applications, or so a recent article from the Sun Inner Circle suggests. Micro-embedded devices include such things as medical appliances, MP3 players, smart cards, automobile braking systems and RFID tags, for example. With the arrival of the Squawk VM, the formerly difficult job of porting Java technology on this class of devices has been made considerably simpler and should open the door for developers interested in working on them.
        Sun Envisions Complete Package for Rich Internet Applications
        Seeks to Provide Tools for Designer, Developer Collaboration
        If Param Singh, senior director of Sun's JavaFX project, has his way, Web designers will adopt the end-to-end tool being developed at Sun conceived so as to allow developers to continue work in their familiar IDEs while also integrating content from their designer counterparts. The field needs a client platform that covers the full spectrum from graphic designer to rich content creator to scripter to developer, he said, adding, "Whoever delivers that overall experience will be a platform that people will adopt. So that's our vision."
        Quick Start Tutorial Screencast on GlassFish v3 TP2
        13 Minute Video Will Familiarize You With the Basics
        Learn how to install the GlassFish v3 TP2 Application Server software, GlassFish Update Tool and Admin Console GUI, as well as how to deploy and undeploy applications in a screencast hosted on the Glassfish Wiki.
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        The Lowdown on Virtual Federation
        Provides Big Payoffs in Scalability and Ease of Deployment
        Rajeev Angal, inventor of virtual federation and a major player in the development of the free and open-source Sun Federated Access Manager, sat down with Marina Sum for an interview on virtual federation in which he discussed the definition, the problems encountered and solved, the process and, not least, the benefits.
        Upcoming Sun Federated Access Manager to Feature Fedlet
        Service Provider Implementation of SAML2 SSO Protocols
        If you haven't heard of Fedlets, then you may want to take some time to tune in to a Sun screencast that explains just what these lightweight Service Provider implementations of SAML2 SSO protocols can do and why they will be featured in the upcoming Sun Federated Access Manager (OpenSSO) release. The Fedlets screencast covers business usage scenario, process flow and some Frequently Asked Questions.
        The Network of You
        Some Suggestions from Sun's Michelle Dennedy
        "The Network of You" is how Sun Chief Privacy Officer Michelle Dennedy characterizes the participatory web era. Her insights on how companies can protect assets and stakeholders through thinking more expansively about data privacy and personal information management are featured in the May 2008 Sun Inner Circle.
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